Can iPad Pro Replace Your Laptop Now?

Rene Ritchie
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When I first reviewed the iPad Pro last November, I focused on the seriously amped up hardware design. I figured the iOS 12 software story hadn’t changed so there was no point revisiting it. Many of you all, of course, allowed yourselves to retort. And you were right. So, two weeks later, I redid my review, went over why I felt the iPad Pro was less a laptop replacement and more a laptop alternative, and then went through a few of the ways I was hoping Apple would improve the software in the future to take better advantage of all the new hardware.
Well, that future is now. Ish. iOS 13 and iPadOS - yes, the iPad still runs iOS 13 just with the beginnings of some iPadOS differentiation - offer some major enhancements to the iPads capabilities.
I’m not going to review it or re-re-review it now. All the new software is still all up in beta, so it wouldn’t just be premature, it would be downright silly. Everything from performance to stability to implementations can and will change. This fall, once Apple ships all the new bits though, game on.
Instead, What I am going to do in this video is go down my list from that previous video, everything I said I needed to make the iPad Pro in specific but any modern iPad in general my main machine, and see, at least in theory, how far we’ve come.
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Jamar Martin
Jamar Martin 4 days ago
Yea but the MacBook butterfly keyboard is trash
What really annoys me is why Apple insists on using Safari as the default browser when many websites do not work properly under this browser (it does on a macbook but why should you spend money to buy this just to enable websites to work) .
omar arreola
omar arreola 9 days ago
This iPad Pro is so much faster, smarter, lighter, has the best graphics, I can play NBA 2K mobile that looks just like playing it on Console Xbox. The A12X Bionic makes the intel core i5 dual core on the MacBook Air a shame. It is so slow compared to this tablet.
Steve V
Steve V 17 days ago
iPad will replace the MacBook one day.
Emmanuel Guzman
Emmanuel Guzman 24 days ago
How about note taking?
Markell s TV
Markell s TV 25 days ago
No the ipad pro is alot of fun and easy to carry around but no there are still certain sites and software needs the ipad is not capable of doing for now
Tom Myers
Tom Myers Month ago
I wonder who actually cares about 90% of the content of this video?
Max Month ago
I would get this but then I’m thinking about all the external accessories I would have to carry just to make it a “laptop” so idk if it’s worth it
David Tallent
David Tallent Month ago
In the world of mobile computing iPad will be the best thing out there.
S C Month ago
It can replace your MacBook Pro!
Steven s
Steven s 2 months ago
Good bye MacBook? Not quite yet. No bit torrents, and navigation can be problematic when using a keyboard. Otherwise, the device is a lot closer to a laptop replacement. It's closer.
Testus 2 months ago
No, it can't. But this one can ruvid.net/video/video-XB1Dlx-qpEA.html And the same apps in that appstore cost 1/10 of the apple appstore. Just took a look in both appstores for an app called Djay2. Same as all other apps, apple appstore cost 10x more, exactly 10x more, for the same app.
Kerrie Redgate
Kerrie Redgate 2 months ago
At this point in time, there is no way my 9.7” iPad Pro (or even the latest iPad Pro) could replace my MacBook - not for the apps I need for doing my professional work. Apple has always seemed to suffer from a bit of a myopic view of the possible diversity in how people actually use computers every day. I need lots of space, huge number-crunching abilities, and highly specific apps for my work. There are so many professions and with so many variants, Apple cannot possibly second-guess what people do on these machines. I just pray I will never have to go back to Windows. But already I will miss out on Catalina because of the 32-bit apps I’m forced to use on the Windows side of Parallels on my MacBook. And I can’t see iPads ever accommodating virtual machines, it just doesn’t fit into the iOS exclusive ecosystem policy. Some of us are stuck in two worlds.
James Bond
James Bond 2 months ago
How to get iOS 13 I only have 12.4😱
José Huerta
José Huerta 2 months ago
I still can't find duplicates on my personalized playlist .. On Apple Music. That's incredible to me
Vladislav Ladický
Vladislav Ladický 2 months ago
Is there at least one code editor? Working offline? No? Then iPad is still good for playing only.
Vin Hennessy
Vin Hennessy 2 months ago
Part of my wishlist is a decent Download Manager
Diogo Medina
Diogo Medina 3 months ago
Great videos and content! Although I still don't understand how none of the post iPadOS reviews mention the fact that we still have no proper OFFICE apps on the iPad! As a business person, it's the one thing stopping me from using an iPad as my main driver altogether. I need the full features of word and powerpoint to be able to properly edit documents, not just make small tweaks to them. If you know of any good alternatives or of any Microsoft plans to improve on the existing office apps, I would really appreciate it. 🙂 Warm greetings from Portugal!
BRTGZ Noob 3 months ago
Maybe yes for illustrator or animator, but not for developer. I hope ipados provide terminal with full feature like mac os terminal or at least for the iPad Pro an IDE is provided for javascript programming or something like that.
Daniel Harris
Daniel Harris 3 months ago
There's only really one thing I can't do on an iPad, and that's create apps in Visual Studio - Of course I can potentially do that in a remote VM when on the go
Daniel Harris
Daniel Harris 3 months ago
Too many people think Apple just enabled the "Request Desktop Site" to be on by default, but from this video sounds like they put in a lot more work than that.
Kim Guo
Kim Guo 3 months ago
my wishes: turn the apple pencil into an air mouse let us be able to code on it, that’s my biggest wish.. make a slightly more comfortable keyboard maybe
pinkcactus 06
pinkcactus 06 3 months ago
I think I will be getting the iPad pro because I am more into illustrating these days I know I can just buy a drawing tablet for that but you know... I think I can be more productive with the iPad pro
Mantis Toboggan, M.D.
and this is the most biased for Apple review I've ever f****** seen this guy literally does the salesman tactic of sandwich compliment he compliments it then gives it an insult away could do better then he complemented again
Mouneesh Namburi
Mouneesh Namburi 3 months ago
Mac book air or Ipad pro?? I just need one for presentation stuff!
Jordan M
Jordan M 3 months ago
iPad Air is cheaper and definitely can help you make presentations. So iPad Air is what I would recommend. But the iPad Pro has a better display and has uspc and longer battery life, thinner size, etc. But definitely iPad Air is the better choice.
Angad Anand
Angad Anand 3 months ago
Does this shit still bend?
Natan Via
Natan Via 3 months ago
4:33 I’m breathtaking
Ciarán Doherty
Ciarán Doherty 3 months ago
Hard to understate just how high quality a product the iPad Pro is
Graham Palmer
Graham Palmer 3 months ago
Rene already has a built in Bias because he is an old fashioned Mac power user. For him unless a device has multiple cores and lots of Cooling fans, terabytes of RAM, and is really thick, then it doesn’t qualify as being a quote unquote real computer. There is resistance and push back on the iPad gaining full computer status because it threatens to displace MacBooks and PCs, something that’s quite disheartening to power users of Mac OS or Windows.
Graham Palmer
Graham Palmer 3 months ago
Now Apple is compelled to release Final Cut Pro X for iPad OS. No more excuses about ARM vs intel chips being the reason it can’t be implemented.
Jeremy 3 months ago
My feed back to Apple regarding slide over and app icon shortcuts in iPadOS public beta 1: I really appreciate that long pressing on app icons now provides the ‘3D touch’ like options/shortcuts drop down menu. It would be really awesome if it could also have an ‘open in slide over’ option added to the drop down menu as an alternative to dragging apps from the dock. I believe this kind of alternative would be greatly appreciated by most users, especially those who use accessibility features. Also, I find the timing of the long press needs work as it causes the app icons to start wriggling too soon. Perhaps this function could require a longer press than it currently does? Also, the slide over window would be even more awesome if it were universally accessible, even on the home screen. This would make a very positive improvement to productivity and workflows.
Rex R.P.
Rex R.P. 3 months ago
the perfect ipad would be an ipad osx eddition eddit: they should make 2 version ipad osx ipad (shitty) ios
Laura Moreira
Laura Moreira 3 months ago
Apples not trying to replace their laptops completely if you want to do heavy editing or podcasts just use a computer
zeus 0101
zeus 0101 3 months ago
Ipad can never replace a full fledged computer. For an average consumer with no use for a real computer, it might. For a full on developer or engineer, never.
annekrye 3 months ago
I'd be interested to hear you discuss the premise from your title from the perspective of a student and from that of post school adults that need to word process, use spreadsheets for home projects or finances and occasionally make a simple edited video but mostly use it for web browsing, email, bill paying and watching vector on RUvid. I think your perspective is not unique since it sounds much like other vloggers perspectives but I think many of us don't need what you feel it's lacking.
leilash leilash
leilash leilash 3 months ago
You just can't use it as a laptop, cause if you do, it will bend !
Michelle Notherday
Michelle Notherday 3 months ago
I currently run a community college with an iPad Pro as my only electronic device. I have for a while, but as they improve apps with the 64 bit machine more and more, I need other devices less and less. There is rarely any need for me to use a laptop or desktop. And that’s usually to locate and retrieve old data. With iPad OS, I believe I won’t even need to do anything, anywhere else. Great video! Thank you!
Manny Labrinos
Manny Labrinos 3 months ago
I would have liked to see the ability to print to any printer on the network, without AirPrint, or other kloodgy solutions. Anybody know whether this was added?
Thomas Florimonte
Thomas Florimonte 3 months ago
As always Rene- Great info and Video. Quickly question/thought: Do you think that apps makers of Clip Studio/Procreate/Lightroom/Luma Fusion (you get it) will take advantage of the new file structure in iOS13/iPad OS? Have you heard anything? Let’s hope so. I’m betting a ton of apps will have instant updates the day the iOS13 goes public. What you think? Thanks.
Shoaib Ahmed
Shoaib Ahmed 3 months ago
why does guy look like he's hiding something?
Vitor Vasconcelos
Vitor Vasconcelos 3 months ago
i like the update, but as you said, Audio Workflow on iPad still pretty bad. Anyway most of the things that i do are Text-Based soo im fine with it.
Wow not even a million subs all these quality content..... Well its coming.....
Bren Karl
Bren Karl 3 months ago
His lips look stiff asf 😂
Trillionaire 480
Trillionaire 480 3 months ago
iPad OS is amazing and make iPads more capable of doing PC like tasks now. 🤓
Vyyyper - The Man About Tech
IPadOS is a Godsend!!!!!!!! Cant wait to see what it matures into!!!!!
kahuna3901 3 months ago
In fairness, as a MSc student i need my desktop for a lot of what i do. However my iPad 2018 does quite a lot of my work when i am on the go. Like i can go and visit someone in another city and still get a lot of my workflow done without the need for bringing a laptop. It would be great if IPadOS went further and supported loads of the coding and statically analysis apps i use, but i feel thats not too close given my area of study and work. None the less the iPad is a great device for getting work done, and I think the future is pretty bright for the OS as it gets more and more PC like. I just love the fact that once i am done with work it becomes an excellent tablet to just lounge around with, or it can be a great project book with the pen, where i can quickly write out ideas or draw things. It’s a really important device for me because its so light, has a great battery life, and all i have to do is bring a Bluetooth keyboard with me and then i can work on a lot of the tasks i need to get done, specially word processing and presentation prep.
Isaac Ho
Isaac Ho 4 months ago
Is there any comment on the smart folio keyboard?
Jake 4 months ago
Will the iPad Pro 2017 get all these features as well? 🤔
Toni Schumacher
Toni Schumacher 3 months ago
I can't think of any reason apple not bringing these features for this still amazingly performing device.
Bill Sprague
Bill Sprague 4 months ago
I'll be impressed when "accessibility" includes enhancements for folks like me with tremors. I'd hoped Pencil would work for me but doesn't. I'll be watching for the mouse support for my iPad Pro.
AwesomeGuy 3 months ago
It does have mouse support
Ashley Charman
Ashley Charman 4 months ago
@ReneRitchie, have you heard of Anchor on iOS for your iPad and iPhone?
Julian Chee
Julian Chee 4 months ago
Its like Apple is canibalizing their own Mac sales. What’s the point of a Mac now ? Besides making apps and downloading apps from Safari.........sooner or later the iPad will do that too
Karim Green
Karim Green 3 months ago
it wouldn't be the first time (i.e. ipod to iphone)
Daniel JohnFord
Daniel JohnFord 4 months ago
Wanna hear a joke? android tablets
custom grow420
custom grow420 2 months ago
@Ishaan Bohra yes youre ugly
Ishaan Bohra
Ishaan Bohra 2 months ago
@custom grow420 I have an S10 & an iPad pro. You've got something to say now?
custom grow420
custom grow420 3 months ago
@Intel youre such a tryhard 🤭
Intel 3 months ago
@custom grow420 well I have airpods as well so....
custom grow420
custom grow420 3 months ago
@Intel sorry cant hear you through my airpods..
Akira 4 months ago
I have an iPad 2018, looking for a usb hub but there is nothing on thee market right now:/
Graham Palmer
Graham Palmer 2 months ago
Yes there is. Here’s a link for what you’re looking for. www.hypershop.com/blogs/news/hyper-announce-new-hyperdrive-world-s-first-dedicated-usb-c-hub-for-2018-ipad-pro
Clark Hull
Clark Hull 4 months ago
Can you upload file from iPad to hard drive?
Graham Palmer
Graham Palmer 2 months ago
Yes you can now with iPadOS. September is not far away. Can’t wait. Very excited for this.
Steve Warren
Steve Warren 4 months ago
Now all you need is a functional desktop docking station designed for the iPad Pro. For that go to www.magic-dock.com. You can thank me later...😉
Jan Crumpley
Jan Crumpley 4 months ago
The last thing I need my laptop for is for InDesign’s text manipulation. We are a lot closer than I have ever thought. But now I want it even more!
2Evan 4 months ago
Always informative - and smart - videos. Learn a lot. Ecstatic with Apple’s direction this past year. Superb new hardware, iPad Pro, and then providing it with major software updates. Fun times.
Brad Piper
Brad Piper 4 months ago
Video idea: Explain Apple’s prices for refurbished hardware. They’re still selling Mac Mini’s from 2014 for only an $80 discount from the price they sold for at release. Deeply frustrating. Genuinely worse value (cost per year of software support) than buying a brand new Mac. Love macOS, love my old Mac but this is just tough to swallow. At best, it’s negligence of their refurb storefront. At worst, it’s a strategy to charge more of the people who can least afford it.
Chip Bonner
Chip Bonner 4 months ago
Where do you get the desktop wallpaper you use in this video? Thanks!!! Chip
Lesley Harrys
Lesley Harrys 4 months ago
This discussion will never end because people don’t have the same definition of what a laptop’s use case is. If your laptop is your one and only computer and has replaced your desktop, an iPad can’t replace it. If you use a laptop as a mobile computing device for when you’re away from your main computer, the iPad becomes a much more interesting replacement.
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